Seven Lions‘ remix to Röyksopp’s “Running To The Sea” has been a long time coming. While we heard rumors of Jeff Montalvo’s rework months ago, the hype was verified by a premiere on Above & Beyond’s Group Therapy radio this September. Following his experimental, occult single “Serpent of Old,” Montalvo’s remix of “Running to the Sea” is a return to the potent and emotional dubstep for which he became known. Aptly balancing Susanne Sundfør’s spine-tingling vocals with some thick, churning bass, Seven Lions presents one of his heaviest tunes to date
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Jeff Montalvo, or Seven Lions, has created a reputation for colossal bass music with a blissful backbone, yet today he brings us something different. Four months ago, in an interview with OWSLA’s The Nest, the Santa Barbara native alluded to a new project: “I’m working on a really dark satanic occult themed single right now and I want it to be a reoccurring thing. We’re gonna call it ‘Gathering Darkness.’” It is appears “Serpent of Old” is the single to which he was referring and the first in his new Gathering Darkness series.
With its hellish bass and terrifying shrieks (courtesy of Ciscandra Nostalghia), “Serpent of Old” is rooted in the fiendish mysticism of metal — the gothic midtempo track is easily the darkest work we’ve heard from the producer thus far. While it may not be the Seven Lions we’ve grown to know and love, you certainly can’t disparage Montalvo for indulging in his deeper (and darker) interests.
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While there are countless reputable labels to speak of in 2013, few have proven as forward-thinking and innovative as OWSLA. With a roster that continually boasts the highest caliber of underrated artists, Skrillex’s savvy label has seemingly gathered the best of today’s genre-pushing producers under one roof. OWSLA is set to take over an entire stage for the final day of TomorrowWorld, bringing some of its most promising bass music producers for a Sunday extravaganza.
Seven Lions‘ affinity for trance is well-known, and thus it’s seemingly quite natural that he’s collaborated with two of his self-confessed trance heroes, Myon & Shane 54. Montalvo and the Hungarian duo combine their imaginative forces for “Strangers,” a trance-dubstep fusion included on the official soundtrack to Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Boasting thumping trance/progressive sections, glistening vocal-aided build ups, and a surprise halftime drop, “Strangers” is everything you’d expect from the versatile bass music producer and beloved progressive trance duo.
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OWSLA and Boys Noize Records holding hands on their own festival stage is a match made in heaven. Hats off to Camp Bisco for introducing the marriage first. The yearly Disco Biscuits-led soiree has slowly become more accepting of electronic music; now arguably one of EDM’s biggest summer attractions in New York State. Introducing the experimental label coupling for a bass-hungry audience in the foothills of upstate New York seemed fitting. Festival goers came in full force for Destructo, Nicky Thayer, and KOAN Sound’s kickoff, all building the momentum for OWSLA vs BNR’s most memorable set. Seven Lions pulled out all the stops.
After a sizzling summer, Krewella is ready to dive into fall in a big way. The Chicago trio has revealed dates for their Get Wet Live Tour, and with 46 spots scheduled and more in the works, it promises to be the craziest Krew chapter yet. Making the journey from the South to the West, North to the East with Seven Lions and Candyland, the trio will make stops over ten weeks and two countries, capping off the festivities in a hometown show at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on November 16th. The ticket pre-sale begins July 24th at 1 pm EST with registered users getting first dibs. To register, click here, and head here for the official tour trailer.Posted by
Back in March, Seven Lions spoke to Dancing Astronaut about some upcoming collaborations, one of which has now been revealed as “Fevers” alongside fellow melodic dubstep champion Minnesota and vocalist Mimi Page. To no surprise, the newly released collaboration is just as entrancing and otherworldly as the trifecta of talent behind it would imply. Page’s voice feels right at home slowly careening over the enveloping, trancelike pads, while Seven Lions and Minnesota culminate the track with a titanic, emotional dubstep drop. In the realm of sonorous, amicable dubstep, Seven Lions has proved virtually untouchable.
Jeff Montalvo, or Seven Lions as his stage name goes, has proved to be one of OWSLA’s most promising new talents. The Santa Barbara DJ/producer took over Sacramento last week with the help of Tritonal and Topher Jones for Midnite Events’ annual Give Back show, throwing down a 75 minute set of riveting dubstep, house and trance offerings. Dancing Astronaut had the chance to catch up with Montalvo for an interview after his performance, providing us insight into his set and production. Click past the break for a full set review with commentary from Seven Lions. (more…)Posted by
Ultra Music Festival stands alone, distant from the EDCs of the world, as the landmark event for every DJ that graces the decks of its stages. Much like how football fans have the instinctual ability to recall the stars and game changing plays of Superbowls past, electronic fans will, naturally, always remember their favorite artists, the corresponding set list and major moments from any given year at Ultra.
Headliners of the annual festival share the same glory as Superbowl MVPs, but it’s also the opportunity for dance music rookies to find their breakthrough with one everlasting set, to be remembered in the same vein as the Superbowl rookie who becomes immortalized with one historic catch. With hundreds of DJs slated to perform at Ultra this year, we take a narrow look at the members of the freshman class who are due to establish themselves under the South Beach sun this March.